Rider Test: Little Big Cruiser – 2007 Yamaha VStar 1300 Tourer; Ridden & Rated: Cruiser Spirit – Honda Spirit 750, hot-rodded and customized for ’07; From Archangel to Artichokes – riding the valley of California’s Salinas River; GPS on the Road – the present and future of GPS for motorcycles; Riding a 2WD Ural Sidecar rig at the AMA National Black Dog Dualsport Ride; more
Features: Ridden & Rated – nine bikes that are frugal with fuel; Tips & Tricks – 10 ways to even better MPG; Rider Comparo – Miserly Multitaskers – Do it all 250 dual-sports; On the Road – Riding the Four Corners; more
Features: Exclusive First Ride – Triumph 50th Anniversary Bonneville; The Story behind and Iconic British Twin; Tour Test – Can-Am Spyder; Comparison – five of the biggest touring cruisers – Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic; Honda VTX1800-T; Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic LT; Star Motorcycles Stratoliner S; Suzuki C109-RT; On the Road – It’s “Oh Canada” on an Okanagan Valley Loop; Project Bike – Suzuki 1250S “T”; more
Test: 2009 Star V Star 950 Tourer; On The Road – The Big Lonely – Nevada Highway 50 – “It’s totally empty – no points of interest – we don’t recommend it; Test: 2009 Aprilia Mana 850 – Auto Enigmatic; Tour Review – Pyrenees Playground; A Decade of Victory – Victory Motorcycles for 2009; Test: High-Style Harley V-Rod Muscle; more
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Motorcycle Test: Honda GL650-I – men and women discover a personable solo traveling companion; On The Road: Adventures in Hondaland; Fossils, Craters and Sawtooths between Colorado and Idaho; Favorite Ride – through the rolling hils of West Texas to McDonald Observatory; Technical: Yamaha Seca 650 Handling Fix; Personality: Frosty Wooldridge; more
On the Cover: A BMW R100RT and a 633-CSi add up to a six-wheel weekend (see page 22); Features: Six-Wheel Weekend – two big BMWs comparison tour; Doug Bingham: Mr. Sidecar; Glenn Curtiss: 137 MPH in 1907; Rainbow Run – Michigan to Maine; Pop Dreyer – living legend; Motorcycle Tests: Kawasaki KZ1100; Suzuki GS750; On the Road: Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez Valley; Arizona Hwy. 89; New Mexico Hwy. 90; more
Cover Test: Harley-Davidson FXRT – Milwaukee’s upgraded hauler will convert many an FLT rider; Motorcycle Test: BMW R80RT; Features: BMW – Too tough to die – would you believe a BMW engine powered the Red Barron’s Fokker?; Traveling light but right; Personality: Hank Searls -an author’s adventure tales have their roots in motorcycling; On the Road: Peak Adventure in the Alps; Through New Mexico to Arizona’s Apache Forest Blue Range; Exploring Mount Desert Island in Maine’s Acadia National Park; Technical: Fixing mushy-feeling brakes with stainless steel braided hose; more
Cover: The Suzuki GS1100 outfitted with the Pacifico Shadow fairing; Motorcycle Tests: Suzuki GS-1100; Moto Guzzi V-50; Features: Don Vesco – the fastest rider; Illinois leads in Rider Education; Cross-Country on the Moto Guzzi V50; A Very Unusual Motorcycle Dealership; Touring San Diego County; Favorite Ride – Mt. Evans Highway, Colorado; more
Cover: Author Frosty Wooldridge (right) and companion examine glacier near Hyder, Alaska during tour described in “Valley of the Glaciers”; Contents: Valley of the Glaciers; California’s New England Coast; Touring Prince Edward Island; Road Tests: Yamaha Seca 550; Kawasaki KZ550A; Technical: Drag Specialties touring system; Equalean Sidecar; Features: The Versatile Vest; Lady Motorcycle Cop; The BMW that Japan made; more
Cover: The weathered entrance of an old mining shack somewhere in Nevada frames Dick Blom enjoying the plentiful peace and quiet of the desert; Road Test: Moto Guzzi V1000 Convert; Features: The Arctic Circle and Beyond; Baja Love Affair; Viva Mexico!; Tech: How to avoid electrical overload; KZ1100 introduced by Kawasaki; more
Cover: Summer thunderstorms produce breathtaking cloud formations along Highway 287 between West Yellowstone and Ennis, Montana
Motorcycle Test: Yamaha Maxim I XJ650; Comparing the 400s – Honda CB400T Hawk, Suzuki GS450S, Yamaha Special XS400SG, Kawasaki LTD440-A1; Features: 10000 BMW Owners Build Image; Ten Faces of the Rock Store; Craig Vetter – living in the future; Across Canada on Three Wheels in 1930; How to be Conspicuous; The Perils of Top Heaviness; Fairings for the 400s; more
Cover: Getting high on two wheels in England’s magnificent Lake District.
Motorcycle Tests: Kawasaki KZ750-LTD; Back to basics – comparing the 200-250s; Features: The Vetter Rally; Travels with Guiness – touring the U.K. & Ireland; Black Tie Ride; Kenya to California part 2; Technical: BMW introduces R80GS; Yamaha to offer two V-Twins; Keeping your distance part 2; Carburetors vs. Fuel Injection vs. Turbocharging; more
Motorcycle Tests: BMW R65LS – suit up and prepare for a flight with the Luftwaffe; Kawasaki KZ1100A; Features: Self-Defense on two wheels; Excursion to the New Cuyama; Heads-Up facts about helmets; A Veteran rider views the Chopper Scene – an unadulterated biased observation of the outlaw subculture; On the Road: Riding Through Dixie; Favorite Ride – trailblazing Idaho’s wilderness along the Lewis & Clark Highway; more
Cover: While touring California’s poppy fields on Suzuki’s highly refined and civilize GS1100EZ, Rider staffers happened upon cowboy Todd Patterson, his horse Chantilly and dog Blackjack, who patrol a 5000 acre spread in the Lancaster area on the fringe of the Mojave Desert. Test report begins on page 50 herein.
Road Tests: Suzuki GS1100EZ, Yamaha XS400RJ Seca; Features: A Harley tour up U.S. Highway One to the flat-track races; Personality: Charlie Thompson -the jovial Harley prexy is the epitome of an American chief; In search of the Brass Monkey – a wintertime jaunt in a sidecar sleeper to meet other eccentrics; Touring New York State Wineries; more
Road Tests: 1981 Electric-Start Triumph T140ES, Honda CB900 with touring accessories; Features: Interview: John Voevodsky; How to get along with your mechanic; Building the crash safe motorcycle; around the world in 12 years; Pros and cons of motorcycle leasing; Geckos on the block; Touring Wisconsin; A Different kind of Sunday Neeting – L.A. bikers gather at Griffith Park & Marcus Dairy in Danbury Connecticut; How to choose and maintain motorcycle tires; Touring accessories for the CB900; more
Cover: Motorcycle camping with the Yamaha XS850 at Beartooth Lake, near Red Lodge, Montana.
Motorcycle Tests: Tour-testing Yamaha XS850, Sport-touring on Honda CB750F; Features: Diary of a Ms. Adventure – Kim Mallon – Mexico to Canada Three Flags Run; The Ultimate Harley – In Japan; The BMW France Built; On the Road – Where to Tour – anywhere but Japan; Favorite Ride – Beaver Creek, Minnesota; more
Rider Tests: Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic Cruiser – Big Easy, 2004 BMW R1150R Rockster, 2003 Victory Vegas; Riding the Lewis and Clark Trail; Ridden & Rated: KTM 950 Adventure, Moto Guzzi Breva, Triumph Daytona 600; Motorcycle Collector – Harley-Davidson XLCR – The Motor Company’s first cafe racer; more
Rider Tests: BMW K1200GT ABS – Gran Turismo, Triumph Speedmaster – The Master; Riding the Divide; Ridden & Rated – Ducati Corse 2003 – inside the new 999 and 749 superbikes; Travel in the Tropics – pack light for this Edelweiss scouting tour of Brazil; 2003 Calendar of Motorcycle Events; more